Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is the process of improving the visibility of web content in search engines using an understanding of search engines' processes and algorithms. Also known as "natural" or "organic" search, it is distinct from paid web advertising.

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List of words vs. words in an article

What (if any) SEO-difference is there between listing several (key)words and using the same words in a short article? For example, if I have three words presented in the following ways: <ul> ...
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What should I use for a canonical URL for a search page that has a few search options?

I read this post here: What is a best canonical URL for a search result page? and I have search page which can set more than one item like this: example.com/search/index.php?keywords=...
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Is defining an hreflang sufficient to avoid duplicate content penalties between US and UK sites with nearly identical content?

A client we work with has two online stores - a US version and a UK version, under separate domains. These stores have the same content and provide the same products, they're intended to be alternate ...
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Is it possible to get search engines to index hundreds of thousands of personal profiles from my site?

I have a database of several hundred thousand profiles that include names, careers info, and contact info. I was thinking of creating a teaser webpage for each profile that could be indexed by search ...
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Duplicate content penalty for adding event information to sidebar widgets?

I have an entertainment-based WordPress site. If I place my upcoming events on the sidebar via widgets that will contain links and event information, they will appear both on my home page and internal ...
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H1 in bread crumb bad for SEO?

The design of my website looks good, but trying to put a main big heading at the top doesn't look as nice. But I know how important a H1 tag is for SEO , after all it is the main heading describing ...
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Is the “meta-description” tag required when “meta-robots” is set to noindex?

I am using <meta name="robots" content="noindex"> for few pages that are not supposed to be displayed in any search results. I know how important is the meta-description tag for SEO. Is it ...
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Splitting an existing site into sub-domains and using a landing page with an http 301 - is this just wrong?

I currently manage a website for a large(ish) primary school. I'm in the process of rebuilding their website, and have had a thought today about how to potentially better organise the content. We ...
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Is there any SEO benefit to placing testimonial text inside a heading element?

Is there any SEO benefit to placing testimonial text on a landing page nested inside of an <h3> element? For example: <div class="active item"> <div class="hero-...
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Why breadcrumb doesn't preview on Google search result?

I'm adding breadcrumb structured data in my site. Google Webmaster Tools already detect with no error and 6 months gone. But this is not preview on google search. Search result on Google: My ...
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Is there SEO conflict if making identical posts on Medium and on a standalone website?

I’m writing a series of blog posts and I’m finding a little bit of a conundrum. I want the audience that can be manufactured on Medium but I also want the SEO that comes from long form text on my ...
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Do I need to update the sitemap.xml file after removing some URLs?

Do I need to update the sitemap.xml file after removing some URLs from the website and merge three different URLs to a single one. For example, three different URLs: www.example.com/one.html (main ...
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Google displaying wrong title / Adds “First -” before the title

I have a website (wordpess) and the most important page of my website is displayed with a wrong title on Google search results. The title of the page is in this format: "Category name | Website name"....
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Two websites with semi-similar keywords on same IP server / SEO affecting SERPS

Two websites have semi-similar (main) keywords 1 brand site /w keyword "Superman shoes" and 1 retail site named shoes.com They both run on the same server/hosting, same SSL cert, comparable design,...
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Having keyword twice in URL is good or not

Let's say the keyword i am targeting is "JavaScript" for seo of my website And My domain name is JavaScript.com. Now i post a blog something like "What is the scope of variables in JavaScript". So my ...
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301 Redirects for profile-based websites

I'll use the example of a dating website for my question. A member on the site has a profile that is active for a limited time, after which it expires (unless they renew their subscription). But once ...
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Is the SSL version of a site different from the non-SSL version to Search Console the same way www. and non-www are? [duplicate]

Title says it all really. I know that for things like Google Search Console, www.example.com and example.com are different sites. Is the same true for https://www.example.com and http://www.example....
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How to recover from a google penalty

My client's website website that was well established for some very competitive keywords had some technical hiccups for a week or so. "Upgrade your browser" page got cached at the server side and ...
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Meta tag robots noodp

Does Google still crawl a page when this is used? <meta name="robots" content="noodp"/> And when should this be used? Our robots.txt is set to index all.
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Can a <link /> element's href attribute be relative?

Can I use: <link rel="alternate" hreflang="en" href="?l=en" /> to link pages with different languages for SEO (recommended for example by Google)? Can that URL be relative as in the example ...
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Will search engine web crawlers see urls that are changed with HTML5 history?

I have a site where the different language versions are on the same url. If the language is not set as a get variable, language is set by a session variable in php, and the url is rewritten ...
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Difference between crawling and indexing [duplicate]

If a website is cached, does it mean that it has been indexed too? In this snapshot cache date is shown as 18th may but when i did site search for this domain I found 0 pages were indexed by google ...
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Website cache on google looks broken [closed]

My website's google cache copy looks broken. Below is link to cache. http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:http://paintcollar.com Can this affect the SERPs and crawling by google? ...
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Schema.org - Hierarchical or loose layout?

I am tagging the product pages of a webshop using Schema.org. So far, I have used a hierarchical structure where the body tag is marked as ItemPage. Then I can use the property breadcrumb on ItemPage ...
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How to avoid duplicate URL path in SEO

At this time, I started to built e-commerce project. I am new to SEO and never dealing with it before. I've been read some article about SEO and made me feel confused about avoiding duplicate content ...
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Is this the expected/wanted outcomes using html snapshots and google fetch? SEO/SPA

Just got html snapshots working with the help of html-snapshot node module & following htaccess. RewriteCond %{REQUEST_URI} ^/$ RewriteCond %{QUERY_STRING} ^_escaped_fragment_=/?(.*)$ ...
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How to PREVENT ranking for a keyword?

A client frequently receives unwanted traffic from Google. They do not wish to receive these visitors, mainly because they want not to deal with them through their support channels. So they asked for ...
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Why does google add “GitHib pages” to search resuls title instead of using document's title?

I tried to search my github pages. The title of index page on my pages is "LoL AutoClient", but on google, I get this: Note that instead of document title, the path auto-client is used for some ...
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Website content was copied resulting in decreased traffic

My website with automobile niche has been struggling to stand again plagiarism and bot-attacks from last few months.In last quarter, 3 different domains were setup with exact replica of all the ...
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Does facebook site backlink affect SEO?

I am running website and one FB website. I have backlinks from FB site to my normal site. Does it affect SEO ? Does the FB site backlink count the same as a normal website backlink ?
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WIX to Wordpress SEO

I'm managing a new Wordpress, self hosted site for a client. Their old site was based on Wix, without a custom domain. Their Wix site ranks fairly highly for certain terms in Google, we'd ideally ...
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Can I add schema.org markup with JavaScript after page load? [duplicate]

My webpages show products. The product data (title, price, reviews, etc.) is fetched with an XHR and added to the DOM at run-time. Does it make sense to add schema.org markup with JavaScript after ...
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Dynamic URL generation and SEO

We are integrating some web-services in our website and it is mostly about integrating post codes search within the website. There are couple of ways to build this, the easiest is below but we are ...
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How long time does it take to get your site indexed after submitting its sitemap to Google Search Console or to Bing? [duplicate]

How long time does it take to get your site indexed, after submitting its sitemap to Google Search Console or Bing - Webmaster Tools? I sent a valid sitemap containing 12 pages to Google and Bing, 48 ...
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Google trimming first few words on mobile

I am seeing a weird problem when searching for our keyword on Google mobile. Instead of trimming the description from end, Google is trimming first four words (it includes Action word) and rest of the ...
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Main difference between Schema.org 'logo' and 'image' properties

What is the difference between the logo and image properties? If you go to the Brand schema, you will notice properties for logo and image. Is there any difference between these 2 properties? When ...
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Can minifying the HTML of page have a negative effect on SEO?

I've been reviewing the speed of a site using Google PageSpeed, and one of the things it told me to do was minify the HTML of the page. I'm fine with this, but by minifying the HTML (or any other ...
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Dynamic content load from MongoDB and SEO

I'm totally new to Web Development and i've made a website which load some content from Parse.com database (mongodb). So i have a website with totally 10 html files. 2 of them load content ...
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Ranking a Search Engine - 70,000 pages to index without internal links

I've launched a new website which is essentially a search engine for a large amount of data. The website has a homepage with some content and a search box. Search results aren't indexed, and each ...
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Is it bad practice to have “parent” sitemap name inconsistent with “child” sitemaps?

My client is using the Fitpro Theme for WordPress which comes with predefined post types i.e fitness_class. However he wanted it changed to "classes" for the permalink and seo reasons. So I made the ...
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Rich snippets won't show? Local business

I have been trying to get Rich snippets to show on my website for months now with no prevail. A week or two ago the ratings were showing up in SERPS on all pages (except homepage which isn't marked up)...
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Fetch as Google not reading all source code

I just did a Google Webmaster Tools fetch test on two websites and found that Google is not reading all source code of one of them. Here Google is not taking my website <title>, <meta>. ...
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How to track clicks on inbound links besides via URL parameters?

We use a custom CMS on a site and we're having various parameters on inbound links for own tracking and inbound marketing purposes. Usually these URL parameters are added to the links so the system ...
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Google just un-indexed 8000 of our URLs, what could be possible reasons? [closed]

We went to our sitemaps and discovered a fall in the number of indexed pages, while the submitted pages remained more or less the same. Some sitemaps look like this now: In the following ...
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Is there a way to emphasize dynamic text on a website for SEO?

I have a bit of dynamic text on my site, usually just 3 words, that changes quarterly. Specifically, this text is on my index page wrapped in an h1 tag. This same exact line of text can also be found ...
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Google “Define:” command API

I had a quick question about Google. Whenever you use the "define" command it gives you a definition of the word. For example, if I type define:living into Google, it will pull up a card-like result ...
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Isn't JSON-LD a form of hiding schema/microdata?

I'm adding schema data/microdata to my web pages. I see that both schema.org and Google they discourage hidden microdata via tags and hiding elements with microdata via style. I can see the reasoning ...
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Posting same content on two different domains

Just a quick question can I post the same content on two different domains and do a canonical to the primary domain from second domain without my primary domain getting penalized for duplicate content?...
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Google's cache is not updated for months and doesn't match “fetch as Google”

I used webmaster's Fetch as Google tool to see how my website looks on Google. The snapshot of rendered page returned by Google is exactly same as my website so I submitted it for indexing. Logically ...
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Using multiple sites for SEO

I have a client who has 3 websites running. There is the main website, and then 2 subsidiaries who run on the same domain. So main website is example.com and the other two are somewebsite.example.com ...